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ENG 331: Communication for Engineering and Technology

Typically, students majoring in the following fields enroll in ENG331 (note that this is not a complete list):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Textile Engineering
  • Textile Technology

Course Objectives

  • Students will become familiar with the purposes, audiences, and conventions of written communication in the contexts they expect to work in after graduation: industrial, governmental, and applied research environments.
  • They will learn to recognize and construct effective arguments for a variety of audiences and to adapt these to the formats and conventions of various documents and genres.
  • They will learn the relationships between written communication and oral and visual supplements.
  • They will practice precision, clarity, and appropriateness of verbal expression for different readers.
  • They will experience writing as a process, including planning, drafting, reviewing, revising, and criticizing.
  • They will learn to collaborate effectively in teams to create or review documents.
  • They will become more self-conscious and reflective writers by being asked to analyze and justify the strategies they use in their writing

Typical Course Assignments

While there is some variety in assignments based on instructor and textbook, the following list provides an idea of some of the typical assignments in ENG331. All students can expect to produce at least 20 pages of text during the course of the semester and make at least one oral presentation. Most sections of ENG331 have at least one collaborative assignment.

  • Memo
  • Resume
  • Letter of application (job application)
  • Proposal
  • Instructions
  • Formal Report

For more detail about specific assignments, you can view the web sites of some sections of ENG331 at http://www.courses.ncsu.edu/eng331. Note that not all instructors provide materials online for ENG331.